8 strokes
mouth, opening
circumference, circuit, lap
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
562 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 周 【シュウ】 counter for laps or circuits, perimeter, Zhou dynasty (of China; approx. 1046-256 BCE), Chou dynasty
  • 周囲 【シュウイ】 surroundings, environs, circumference
  • 円周 【エンシュウ】 circumference
  • 外周 【ガイシュウ】 outer circumference, perimeter, outskirts, periphery

Kun reading compounds

  • 周り 【まわり】 circumference, girth, surroundings, neighbourhood, neighborhood, vicinity, people surrounding oneself, surrounding circumstances
  • 回りくどい 【まわりくどい】 circuitous, roundabout, indirect


Japanese names:
あまね、 しゅ、 す、 ちか、 のり、 ひろ、 びび、 まこと
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • circunferencia
  • vuelta
  • alrededores
  • difundir


  • circunferência
  • circuito
  • volta


  • circonférence
  • tour
  • alentours
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